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The Recruit(s): Meet the Puppies!

CIA’s K9 trainers met a lot of really great dogs who would have likely succeeded in our explosive detection program. It was a difficult decision, but there was only room for six.

Meet the CIA’s first all-female Puppy Class!

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This feisty 2-year-old black lab is Indigo. She’s surprisingly strong for her small size and has pulled more than one of the trainers off their feet. Full of energy, Indigo likes to work and loves to eat even more. Indigo is from Susquehanna Service Dogs.


Suni is a 2-year-old black lab who is littermates with Heide from Susquehanna Service Dogs’ “astronaut litter.” All the puppies in the litter were named after famous astronauts. Suni is named after NASA astronaut Sunita “Suni” Williams, who holds the record for cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. Suni is a happy, bubbly, light on her feet pup who is a little too smart for her own good. A problem-solver, Suni is poised to try to outwit the trainers at every turn.


Heide, a sweet 2-year-old yellow lab, is littermates with Suni from Susquehanna Service Dogs’ “astronaut litter.” All the puppies in the litter were named after famous astronauts. Heide is named after NASA astronaut Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, a veteran of two space flights. Heide loves to jump up on cars, tables, and anything else taller than herself. Playful and silly, she’s calmer than many of the other labs, and when she sees something unfamiliar to her, she’s prone to give a little bark. Heide is being trained for Frederick County Fire Marshal in Virginia.


Freya, the oldest in the class, is a yellow lab from Susquehanna Service Dogs. She's a little over 2 years old. Freya is related to another dog in the CIA K9 unit named Nancy. Freya has an incredible drive and energy, and she stole the hearts of everyone at Susquehanna. Her puppy raiser was actually in law enforcement, so she’s had some familiarity with the life of a police K9.


Lulu, the smallest dog in the class, is a 1½-year-old female black lab from Susquehanna Service Dogs. She’s hyper and silly when she plays, but has an easygoing sweetness and is extremely sensitive to her surroundings and what is being asked of her. Lulu is being trained for Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia.


Nicole is a 2 year old, reddish-gold colored female yellow lab from Puppies Behind Bars. She was raised in a women’s prison in New Jersey. A very friendly, happy dog, Nicole is attentive to what is asked of her, often cocking her head to the side whenever she’s focused on something or someone. She’s a little more sensitive and tentative than the other labs, but like Heide, Nicole loves to show off her athletic ability by jumping into the air on all fours. Focused and independent, Nicole has a ton of personality and charm.



What’s next for the pups? Before classes can start, the puppies need to visit the veterinarian for a full health exam and any remaining vaccinations.

If you miss any of the articles in this series, visit “Follow CIA’s New Puppy Class!” main page, where we are chronicling the puppies’ progresses throughout their training.


Posted: Aug 29, 2017 06:34 PM
Last Updated: Sep 06, 2017 11:44 PM